Celebrating 80 Years

A timeline of events in the life of U.S. News & World Report,

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May 17, 1933. David Lawrence produces the first issue of a weekly newspaper called the United States News. This is the successor to the United States Daily, which had run since 1926. The 16-page paper (dated May 13-20) costs 5 cents and is devoted primarily to federal government activities in Washington. The publication’s offices are at 2201 M St., NW.

Dec. 3, 1934. The first Washington Whispers column is published.

Jan. 5, 1940. The United States News changes format from a newspaper to a magazine.

1944. U.S. News breaks ground on a new headquarters building at 24th and N streets.

May 23, 1946. World Report, a separate weekly magazine devoted entirely to international news, is introduced.

Jan. 16, 1948. Lawrence combines his two publications to form U.S. News & World Report.

Sept. 24, 1948. Margaret Chase Smith is the first woman to appear on the cover.

Nov. 28, 1952. The first News You Can Use column is published.

1956. U.S. News expands into a new headquarters building at 2300 N St., NW. It’s next door to the old building, which remains in use and is connected to the new space by a corridor.

1957. A medical office opens in the headquarters building. A full-time doctor and nurse provide staff with annual physicals and emergency care.

1958. Circulation of U.S. News & World Report passes the 1 million mark. The magazine now costs 25 cents an issue.

1961. The magazine now has nine international bureaus: London; Paris; Bonn, West Germany; Rome; Beirut; Tokyo; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ottawa, Ontario; and Mexico City.

June 30, 1962. U.S. News & World Report becomes an employee-owned company. Through profit-sharing and promissory notes, employees were able to buy the remainder of company stocks held by the Lawrence family to become sole owners of the publication. They were so successful that they managed to pay off the notes in five years instead of 15.

1966. Circulation reaches 1.5 million. The magazine now costs 35 cents an issue.

1968. The U.S. News Book Division launches with a 25-volume series of paperbacks on topics ranging from communism to the moon landing to investment tips. Future titles produced by this group include “200 Years: A Bicentennial Illustrated History of the United States,” “Vietnam Order of Battle” and a multivolume series on the human body.

1969. Executive editor Owen L. Scott retires from the position he’d held since 1938. He’s succeeded by Howard Fleiger.

1970. Ben J. Grant becomes executive vice president of the magazine.

Feb. 11, 1973. David Lawrence, the founder of U.S. News & World Report, dies at the age of 84. Howard Flieger succeeds him as editor.

1973. Circulation passes the 2 million mark. The magazine now sells for 50 cents.

July 15, 1974. The first issue published with the Atex electronic composition system is released. The revolutionary technology, which was developed to the specifications of U.S. News, allows work to move electronically throughout the production process.

1975. The U.S. News Washington Letter is launched.

April 1976. Following Howard Flieger’s retirement, Marvin Stone becomes editor.

1978. William G. Dunn is named publisher as John Sweet becomes president of the company.

1979. Ben F. Phlegar becomes executive editor.